PROFILE: Keith Emerson
Keith Emerson was one of only a few on a short list of people that brought a whole new angle to rock music.
His taken-up position. He spent most of the 1970s right there amongst his world of Hammonds and Moog synths.
Here's a performance of the Tarkus suite recorded on April 21st, 1972 in Kentucky. I'm certasin I've never heard Eruption played that fast before .. wow!! Some of Keith's riffs were really taking shape for this set of songs as well. The Hammond C3 is just screamin'! He really was "on" that night I guess....
He was well known for using Hiwatt guitar tube amps to power his Leslie rotating cabs. You can see at least four of them over his shoulder sitting atop the Leslies in the picture below.
As well as in the next picture (below) ... look carefully behind Keith and you can see the four Hiwatt heads again.
World Tour 1973 .. Part One.
World Tour 1973 .. Part Two.
A 1992 rendition of the Tarkus suite and a bit of Knife Edge. September 29th, 1992. Budapest.
(below) look at how loooong the piano is! The harp must be like 9 feet or maybe more! Can you imagine what the bass strings must look like in something like that? 9 foot long bass strings, big as your finger and tight as a winchcable! The string tension at 9 foot scale length must be really something. Glad I'm not the guy that has to keep a touring 9 footer in shape! KE is well known for his love of long-harped pianos.
(below) Emerson and Doctor Robert Moog ... just kickin' it.
At some point in a rock star's career if they get to the point that a collectable miniature has been done in their likeness ... you gotta ~know~ you've "made it big" by then! This had to be pretty flattering, I mean c'mon! Keith Emerson has been an "acid rock" influence for nearly half a century. I can hear so much of him in upstart hotshot keyboard players these days. The likes of Derrick Sherinian and Jordan Rudess have chops that are so Emersonian that I wonder if they'd have anything unique of their own if it weren't for Keith's bitonal chords and heavy use of fourths. Emerson's style is ~that~ unique that to use it is instant recognition. Just sayin' ... y'know?
Knife Edge, Brussels. Feb 6th, 1971
Knife Edge and another tune .... 1972.
Vienna, 1970. The Barbarian.
December 9th, 1970 Lyceum ... Knife Edge
To be announced.